1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 31, 2008 3:10 PM by dudleybrooks
dudleybrooks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I tried text-to-speech yesterday for the first time. After sampling every single voice, I discovered that now I can't turn it off. Since there's no on/off check box, I assume that you turn it off merely by unchecking all three boxes ("Announce when ...", "Announce when ...", and "Speak selected ..."). However, even when they're all unchecked, it still speaks. And it now always speaks in the same (male) voice, regardless of which voice I pick. I can turn the volume down, of course, but since I mostly use the computer for music, that's not an option. Besides, anything which isn't working right worries me!

At the same time, some other new behavior started, even though I haven't made any changes at all in System Preferences:

(1) There are now several new sounds when windows open and close.

(2) Selected items, such as icons, now have heavy rectangles around them.

(3) Sometimes one of those rectangles stays frozen in place on the screen, even when the item it originally surrounded has been scrolled or moved elsewhere.

(4) Sometimes when I click on System Preference | Speech, I get Universal Access instead.

(5) There are now new items in the Apple menu: Besides "Force Quit ...", "Restart ...", "Shut down ...", and "Log out <my name> ..." with ellipsis, which ask me to confirm, there are now the same items without ellipsis which act immediately.

Except for (3) and (4), none of these are "bad". But I still wonder where they suddenly came from.

I have rebooted many times. What else should I try? And what causes all this?

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • 1. Aha!, was Re: Can't turn off text-to-speech.  Other weirdness
    dudleybrooks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I finally figured it out. Just in case anyone else has the bad luck to do what I did, here's what it was:

    I'm not quite sure what caused Universal Access to come up by mistake the first time (weirdness #4 in the previous post), but at any rate it seems that while clicking some setting or another in Speech, and perhaps clicking too slowly, the click was intercepted by Universal Access instead. All the features I mentioned were settings in Universal Access. So by going into Universal Access intentionally, I was able to restore all the settings back to normal -- all except #4, anyway, which, if it happens again, at least I'll know what to watch out for.